I recently purchased a pack of 15 DVD for use at work. They were Philips 4x DVD+R (I no longer have the model number as the package’s sleeve went strait in the trash). It contained 15 ordinary looking DVDs and one ordinary looking cardboard disk (pictured to the right). However on closer inspection the cardboard disk is the most extrodinary thing I’ve seen in quite some time in the removable media market.
The small print on the cardboard disk reads “Before using this disk in a 2.4x DVD+R data drive, you need to check how to get the required firmware upgrade. Full details can be found on the banderole”
Unfortunately I have already disposed of the sleeve (banderole) so I have no instructions where to get drivers so I can use this cardboard disk in my DVD drive. I can only speculate at this time how fast or how much data this cardboard DVD may hold. The language on the disk is a bit confusing. Does it hold 15 DVD’s worth of information at 4.7 GB each, or just a total of 4.7 GB?
Trying the cardboard DVD in my DVD writer at work didn’t work and I’ve been unable to locate any newer drivers that the ones I currently have. Perhaps Philips is keeping this new driver under wraps while they seek a patent on this new (and probably very cheap) DVD.